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James Sterling Ayars papers

Identifier: CLRC-1215

Scope and Contents

The papers contain holographs, typescripts and corrected typescripts, proofs, correspondence, research materials, and notes from eight children's books published between 1952 and 1977.


  • Creation: 1943 - 1978


Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Conditions Governing Use

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Biographical / Historical

James Sterling Ayars was born November 17, 1898, in Wimette, IL. He completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University and attended the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois for graduate studies. In addition to his career as a writer, Ayars worked in publishing as an editor.

Ayars authored and co-authored eleven books which include: Basketball Comes to Lonesome Point(1952), Caboose on the Loose(1956), Another Kind of Puppy(1965), and We Hold These Truths(1977). His book, The Illinois River(1968), received the Clara Ingram Judson Award from the Society of Midland Authors in 1969. He married fellow editor and children's book author Rebecca Caudill in 1931. Ayars died in 1986.


2.5 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The James Sterling Ayars Papers contains papers related to eight children's books written by Ayars.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Ayars.

Separated Materials

The University of Illinois Library holds a collection of papers from James S. Ayars.

James Sterling Ayars Papers, 1943-1978
Sharlene Murphy
October 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • March 2013: Collection reprocessed by Carly Lawrence; EAD updated by Karen Spilman

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library